- Colour Prompts + Sidekick
- Colour Inspir-action
- How to make and use your own colour catalogue
- A guide to creating your ideal colour palette
- Journaling in monochrome
- Painting With Tissue Paper
- Finding Inspiration in the Process
- Using colour with more confidence
- How to give your figures colourful hair
- How to experiment with unfamiliar colours
- Colour symbolism around the world
- Paper marbling with Ink
- A guide to mixing your own colours
- Expressing yourself through colour
Journaling in monochrome
Hello all, it’s EmK again, and I’m here to talk to you about using color! I know that you’re probably not surprised that I’m talking to you about color this season, but hopefully I can help you surprise yourself with the beauty that you’ll produce in your journal this week! I like using loud, vibrant colors in my journal spreads; but as artists, we all have a certain special love affair with certain types of colors. It is the gift of many artists alike! However, I propose to you to try using color in a way that may be a little out of your comfort zone: by using only one!
When an artist uses only black and white, the art produced is considered to be grayscale—but when an artist introduces a single color into the mix, the ar then becomes monochromatic. In this tutorial, I invite you to pick a single color with which you will use to create an entire journal page! In the following video, I have chosen my favorite color (green) and created an entire two page spread featuring acrylic paint in a multitude of shades, tints and tones.
Not comfortable with the difference between shades, tints, and tones? No problem! Here’s the quick rundown…
Shade: One color with black added to reduce brightness of said color.
Tint: One color with white added to reduce saturation of said color.
Tone: One color with with gray added to reduce both brightness and saturation, often considered a more sophisticated version of the original said color.
There will be visual examples of this within the video!
To create with me during the process, you will need the items listed below:
- Your art journal
- One Color of Paint (Highly Saturated)
- Black Paint
- White Paint
- One Medium Sized Paint Mixing Space, i.e. Palette, Bowl, Plate, etc.
- Paint Brushes
The following supplies are optional, but I will be using them in the video!
- Palette Knife
- Collage Material in Grayscale
- Black and White Pens
- Black and Gray Markers
- Silver Paint
I also want to let you know that creating a monochromatic journal page or piece of art does not need to be done with acrylic paint! If you are more comfortable using markers, watercolors, or even collage, please be true to your inner artist and feel free to create a monochromatic journal spread using your preferred style and medium of creating! Hopefully you’re inspired to go out there and try something new! Don’t forget to use #getmessyartjournal when you share your monochromatic art journal spreads. I love chatting with you all, so feel free to comment below!!
EmK Wright is a self taught artist with a passion for creating. She finds her true love in between the pages of her art journals, where she has been expressing herself for about 13 years.